John Skelton out, Ryan Lindley named starting QB in Week 12

11/22/12 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect


In a predictable yet interesting move on Wednesday, Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt announced rookie Ryan Lindley as the starting quarterback Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

With sixth-year quarterback Kevin Kolb still not expected to return from a rib injury in Week 12 Ken Whisenhunt didn’t have to think far as the choice lay between Ryan Lindley and third-year quarterback John Skelton.

However, the Arizona Cardinals’ regular season run under John Skelton has been nothing short of absolutely disastrous. John Skelton’s performance has been lacking in yardage after he averaged 161.5 yards per game as well as 5.9 yards per attempt with 54.7 percent of passes completed. The 24-year-old has been less productive and more damaging after throwing for two touchdowns in comparison to five interceptions and two fumbles this season.

Initially, the Arizona Cardinal started off at 4-0 under Kevin Kolb, before embarking on an ongoing losing streak, beginning with a Week 5 humiliating 17-3 loss against the St. Louis Rams. John Skelton took over at the starting quarterback spot a game later after Kevin Kolb went down with an injury. Although John Skelton had solid yardage number in his first three games, the Arizona Cardinals continued on a disappointing season since those numbers were considerably inefficient considering the high-stacking pass attempts.

During Sunday’s 23-19 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, John Skelton again started with just 2-of-7 passes completed for six yards.

The Arizona Cardinals’ defense failed to make the most of the six turnovers they gained, and the offense ineptly couldn’t convert those key possessions into points.

On Sunday, Skelton started the game 2-of-7 for six yards, and Ken Whisenhunt decided he had enough, bringing in Lindley even though the Cards were up 13-0. Ken Whisenhunt finally decided to resurrect the offensive unit by sending in Ryan Lindley during the second quarter, after the Arizona Cardinals committed missed throws followed by field goals on two red zone drives facilitated on forced turnovers. Although the Arizona Cardinals were up 13-0 then, Ken Whisenhunt believed the missed throws by John Skelton could have turned the course of the game for the team.

Ryan Lindley didn’t post an impressive debut either, completing 9-of-20 passes for 64 yards and zero touchdowns. But with all hopes of a playoffs run dwindled, with the Arizona Cardinals (4-6) going on a six game losing streak, its high time that the Ryan Lindley got a chance to develop his talents. The sixth-round pick out of San Diego State has a reasonable size and good arm strength, although Ryan Lindley’s accuracy as a quarterback isn’t much reliable.

Nonetheless, there’s nothing much the Arizona Cardinals could lose here.

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